|Children may attend or be supported by one of our alternative provisions following a request for support. The Primary Alternative Provision Panel (PAPP) is the referral route to the existing alternative education provisions in North East and Mid Essex. This panel will meet up each half term.
The panel will consist of senior leaders from NEECA, GROW, representatives from the SEND quadrant team and primary head teachers from the quadrant. The purpose of this panel will be:
The alternative provisions work in partnerships and are based across a number of sites. Children are placed at different provisions according to their referral route and level of need.
Children that are offered a place following a request for support will attend either NEECA in Colchester or one of the GROW provisions.
From September 2019, the cost for a GROW placement will be £500 per term dependent on the provision offer.
It is not expected that pupils with EHCPs will be referred to the PAPP unless there is a clear and time limited piece of work identified to be undertaken with the child. Any such referral must have support from the quadrant statutory assessment team.
The Panel does not replace or change the referral process for any other service i.e. the EP Service, Specialist Teacher Team or the Statutory Assessment Service.
Requesting Support for Alternative Provision
If you think alternative provision is an appropriate next step then you must complete a document Request for Support form (62 KB) and have agreement from parents/carers/social care.
Completed requests for support (including the signed parental consent section) must be sent five working days before the PAPP for it to be heard at that meeting. The dates for these meetings are:
A child will not be offered a place at GROW if they are undergoing a Statutory Assessment for an EHCP. The place can only be offered once the plan is finalised.
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